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eating vegan on vacation [Apr. 11th, 2012|07:49 pm]
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Hello. First time poster here... Hope some of you can give me ideas.

I'm leaving for Hawaii in a week. I'll be there long enough that I won't be able to handle eating out everyday, nor afford it. All I will have in the room is a microwave and fridge, and I don't want to have to buy all frozen, microwaveable dishes, or eat all my fresh foods raw since it's really hard on my digestion. 

Does anyone have experience with microwave "cooking"? What healthy things do you like to make? Steaming veggies in the microwave is easy and boring - looking for a little bit more than that!

Will definitely need to get my veggies in so I don't feel yucky and sluggish. I'm sure I'll figure things out once I'm at the supermarket and see what's available, but I'd like to hear from you. Thanks in advance. :)

[User Picture]From: trewesterre
2012-04-15 03:44 pm (UTC)
One thing about Hawaii is that they also have lots of Japanese food in the supermarkets (compared to other places in North America anyway), so you can try extra ingredients that you wouldn't otherwise have access to. I'm not sure what would be good for microwave cooking offhand, but there are these curry spice packages that are popular in Japan I think work in the microwave with some veggies and I would be surprised if you can't find these in Hawaii. Also, rice definitely works in the microwave (I think there are even some kinds of rice that are made for the microwave).

Also, while you're there you should try to find the bananas that taste like apples (they're little bananas) and I'm not sure if this is vegan (but it might be), but there are red bean buns made by a bakery in Hawaii that are delicious. There are also interesting things like giant avocados which might be tasty for guacamole. Hawaii also produces macadamia nuts so they're comparatively cheaper there.

Plus the coffee. Hawaii probably makes some of the best coffee in the world, so if you like coffee (or want gifts for people who do) you should pick some up in the grocery stores since it's reasonably priced there. And if you want to try kava kava, Hawaii is the place to do it (at least in the US).
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[User Picture]From: voenne
2012-04-15 06:11 pm (UTC)
Yes! Having so many Japanese products, restaurants, and markets there is my saving grace! I'll have to keep an eye out for the red bean buns, but I'm pretty sure they're going to be buttered up like their little sweet bread buns are. So delicious though. Ugh.

This is far from my first time going, but it is my first time going all by myself as an adult now and having time to eat in the room. Usually I'm either eating out or eating left overs in the room. I'm not a coffee drinker, but the hotel I'm going to usually gives samples and fruit as a welcoming gift, so I'll try it this time. :)

Where can you try Kava kava? In what form do you mean? I've had it in capsules and extracts, but I'm guessing there's more to it out there.
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[User Picture]From: trewesterre
2012-04-15 06:18 pm (UTC)
I got some kava kava in a cafe in Hilo. It was served as a drink. I actually hadn't heard of it before I went and it was new years so the owners of the cafe gave me some free hummus and kava kava.
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